White Guts

The Chain Gang of 1974
White Guts
Golden Gold


Electronica has been divided into multiple different sub-genres since its birth; trance, house, dub-step, chiptune, jungle, etc. These classifications possess within themselves even larger lists of sub-sub genres. Oy vey. Naming the genre in which a band sits with hyper-precision gives music snobs their jollies for the same reason that football fans feel the incessant need to convey that they know why a particular offensive play worked against a particular defense. Luckily, there exist bands like The Chain Gang of 1974 that stylistically hybridize their music in ways that leave these supercilious chums in chagrin. Read More...

Cry Till You Laugh

Terri Hendrix
Cry Till You Laugh
Wilory Records


Texan Terri Hendrix’s contemporary folk style, setting a combination of blues, pop, jazz, country and folk to a breathy, sensual vocal delivery, has earned her critical respect in Austin and San Antonio (and a national Grammy for co-writing the Dixie Chicks’ “Lil’ Jack Slade”). Her command of singing, songwriting, arranging, and skills on the acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, papoose, keyboard and mandolin (and on top of that, being a record label owner) demonstrate a multifaceted talent, qualities that grace her tenth studio album Cry Till You Laugh, produced by Grammy winner Lloyd Maines. Read More...

Mystery Prize

Rebecca Loebe
Mystery Prize
Self-release


In an interview, folk songbird Rebecca Loebe described her music as “post-modern, acoustic indie-folk punk,” while her website lists it as “post-brontosaurus indie/folk crunk,” a meaningless construct delivered with a wink. In the same interview, she explains that “It’s not Woody Guthrie. It’s a modern pop approach.” Despite her wry approximation of her music, this is an artist that dresses her craft in detail from the hand-folded origami fortune teller that houses the liner notes to the way she whispers into the mic. Read More...

Conscious Pilot

Jeffrey Moon
Conscious Pilot
Self-Release


The existentialism movement in philosophy strongly influenced popular culture in the 1960s and maintains relevance to this day. Its emphasis on the subjective experience of what it is to be a human being piques the interest of artists of all trades, whether they be those who convey their art through a canvas, a camera, pages in a book, or lyricism and instrumentation. Read More...

Two Roads to Exile

ARC Ensemble
Two Roads to Exile
Sony Masterworks


The Canadian-based and internationally popular ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory) Ensemble’s third project Two Roads to Exile, from their critically acclaimed Music in Exile series, is taken under the production auspices of Grammy honoree David Frost and thematically emphasizes classical music performers that deserve greater recognition. Read More...

Bloom Cheek

What Laura Says
Bloom Cheek
Terpsikhore Records


Make no mistake, Bloom Cheek sounds and feels like a proper album. Clocking in at 55 minutes, What Laura Says’ second full-length has its fair share of excesses, albeit in mostly understated melodies that don’t try to overwhelm the listener. Ideas are dropped for a two-minute minimalist piano outro in one song while the band works its way through a ditty on another. Read More...

Sounds of the Desert

Horse Opera
Sounds of the Desert
Telewreck Records


Rivaling Hank Williams as the greatest country music artist of all time, Johnny Cash’s legacy is nothing short of towering and exhilarating. His alteration of the rock and popular musical landscape cannot be overstated...

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